(Hawaii Athletics) - A stout pitching night for the University of Hawai'i baseball team (5-3) broke down in the ninth inning of Thursday's opener against Loyola Marymount (2-7), as the Lions shattered a scoreless stalemate to score three in the final frame.
The Rainbow Warriors couldn't ask more of redshirt junior starter Jackson Rees, who tossed 7.1 scoreless innings to no decision in the series opener, including a full six no-hit innings against the Lions. Rees finished with a career-high eight strikeouts versus three hits and three walks.
After a play ruled interference stripped away a UH RBI in the bottom of the fourth, the scoreless pitcher's duel between Rees and Pearl City product Cody Paiva extended into the game's final frames.
After reliever Kyle Hatton bailed out the Rainbow Warriors in the eighth, the redshirt sophomore got into trouble after an error allowed the Lions' leadoff batter aboard in the ninth. A passed ball gave LMU its window to break the tie, as Nick Sogard crossed the plate on the play. Running up against reliever Colin Ashworth, catcher Cooper Uhl extended the lead with a two-run single for the game's final margin at 3-0.
The Rainbow Warriors left five runners aboard, but logged a season-low four hits on the night as Paiva (1-2) earned the complete game win with four strikeouts. Hatton (1-1) took the loss, allowing one hit and all three unearned runs.
The Rainbow Warriors and Lions return to action in the second game of the series on Friday at Les Murakami Stadium. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m.